The Story of Brown's

Back in 1993, Garry and Kelly Brown had a vision to turn a 150 year-old warehouse on a then-blighted River Street in Troy into a fully operational craft brewery. The building was previously owned by a local printing company and had been gutted by a massive fire and the project took three painstaking years to complete. However, the endeavor was well worth it as Brown’s Brewing Company became an instant success as the first brewery restaurant in the Capital Region. Today, our River Street Taproom in Troy, New York is a social hub for the community and offers a menu that compliments the beer we brew on site. We brew over 25 different styles of ales and lagers throughout the year and serve over a dozen beers on tap at any one time. Our dependable ales and lagers are also available in bottles at home or on draft in select taverns and restaurants throughout the Capital Region.We’re proud to have earned a number of awards over the years, including TAP New York’s 2008 Matthew Vassar Cup for the Best Brewery in Hudson Valley, as well as a Gold medal for our Pale Ale by the Culinary Institute of America. We also won prestigious World Beer Cup Gold and Silver Awards for our Oatmeal Stout and Whiskey Porter, respectively, and Metroland readers have voted us Best Brewpub in 2008 and 2009.Community and the environment are an essential part of what Brown’s Brewing Company is about. The summer of 2007 Brown’s launched “Tomhannock Pilsner” a special beer created to help support the Rensselaer Land Trust, whose mission is to protect watersheds in Rensselaer County. Our Pilsner is brewed using waters that originate from the Tomhannock reservoir, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer is donated to the Rensselaer Land Trust to further its efforts in education and outreach programs on watershed conservation. Brown’s Brewing Company has plans to open a production facility in a converted 19th century mill along the Walloomsac River in Hoosick, NY.